The gig on October 1st in Pratteln (Switzerland) & Z7
konzertfabrik was recorded for a forthcoming dvd.
How come you picked that location? And how did the show go?
were supposed to do it in Tivoli, Copenhagen in April bur for
various reasons it didn't happen. We had just got a new
bassplayer and didn't think it was fair to him to do it.
So we picked Pratteln becasue it's a great venue. Great
atmosfear, sound and people there too. Big stage as well. It's
The show went great with lots of people. I haven't seen any of
the footage yet but I'm sure it's good.
The set included 24 songs. Was it more difficult to pick songs
for that show than any other show?
always difficult, cos when you've done so many albums everybody
wants to hear so many different songs.
We played for 2 ½ hours and we still didn't cover the whole
area, so it's very difficult. But I think at that gig we pretty
much covered what we've done.
You know there are some songs that we have to play, there are
alot of songs that we want to play and then there are songs that
people would like to hear.
So we tried to cover that as good as we could.
Will the dvd include all your promo videos and other bonus stuff
like older live videos?
have no idea yet. I don't think so but I'm not sure to be
honest. Becasue we've had different record companies over the
Sony music have the rights to some of those videos so we have to
look into that if that's the case.
Will anything from the Tivoli, Copenhagen (April 22nd 2011) gig
be on the dvd?
nothing at all.
A year and a ½ ago you released your latest album Pandemonium.
How high do you rank the album today?
of our best. If not our best I don't know. It's one of my
favorites for sure.
It's the album I've listened to the most of all our albums since
it was done. Normally I never listen to our albums afterwards.
This one I've listened to alot cos it sounds good and have lots
of good songs on it.
Is there any Pretty Maids songs you feel you will never play
live again, if it was ever played live?
don't know. I can't really remember anyone. Maybe that's because
I can't remember all our songs.
Me & Ronnie have discussions about songs for the set all of the
time. We compromise alot ;)
And we listen alot to what the fans wants to hear too. Some of
them are really far out but some of them are really good.
So we thinks it's great to get the fans involved with what songs
to play live.
Some of the songs that we brought back in the set for the dvd
shoot like Lethal Heroes, Destination Paradise & Spooked were
requested by the fans.
And you know there are some songs that are hard for Ronnie to
sing these days as well.
A very important thing to think of. Of course we try to avoid
them so that he can last a little longer.
What song is the most fun to play live?
don't know. Some songs are fun to play, some songs are hard to
play.The hard songs are not so fun to play.
Because you have to focus much more and not much room to enjoy
yourself. You have to concentrate a little more on some songs.
So the most fun song to play live varies from show to show.
Like last year in Jönköping when we played Future World and
Morten our keyboardplayer just didn't play it right...Now that
was fun :)
The 30th anniversary of the band will it be celebrated in any
special way this year?
think the special event for that was the Pratteln gig with the
Any plans to release a boxset featuring unreleased songs and
different versions & live material?
That's yet another problem because we've had so many different
And to get them to work together is like mission fucking
I have & own the old demos for the Red, Hot & Heavy, Future
World & Jump The Gun albums and then I think we stopped doing
On the Pandimonium album there's a remix of It Comes At
Night.Was there any more remixes made?
that was just because we needed a bonus track for the Japanese
What's your favorite live dvd?
don't really watch live dvd's that much but my all time favorite
is Live And Dangerous.I'm a huge Thin Lizzy fan.
2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the Future World album. Will
you do any shows like you did with the Red,Hot & Heavy album and
play the whole record?
we probably will do maybe 2-3 shows like that but we haven't
really begun to talk about it yet.
Ever thought of making a concept album?
have never talked about that. Some people are good at it like
Queensryche & King Diamond but I don't think that we could pull
What would we write about-All we know is rock & beer ;)
Have you begun working on the next album yet?
we have.Not far but a couple of ideas that we are working on.
We'll get more into it after dvd and other things are done.
I'm rebuilding my studio in Karlshamn where some of the next
album will be recorded.
Is there any producer you would like to work with?
"Mutt" Lange is really good. I like him alot. Done great albums
with Ac/Dc,Def Leppard & Bryan Adams and many more.
We have worked with Eddie Kramer awhile back big name but he was
a disaster to work with so we fired him.
So you never really know until you meet the guy if it's the
right one for you.
We were very happy with Roger Glover on Jump The Gun. It was the
most fun we'ver had had doing an album.
We would love to work with him again but these days it's so hard
to hire an expensive producer.
In the end it's all about the money.
Who would be a dream guest on the next Pretty Maids album?
Shania Twain becasue she is beautiful. She doesn't have to sing
just stand there ;)
Someone like Scott Gorham might be cool.
What are the plans for 2012 for the band?
got the live dvd coming out in March/April.I think it will be a
live cd too or a dvd+cd. More shows next year too and work on
the next album.
Interview by Andy Flash for Artrock webzine.